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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Instagram is taking steps to remove fake likes, comments, and follows from profiles. What is a “fake” like, comment, or follow? Instagram says some accounts link to a third-party app that provides inauthentic activity to the profile in order to boost its popularity.

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The company has built learning tools capable of identifying what profiles use these third-party apps and will begin removing the fake likes, comments, and follows as of Nov. 19.

The accounts that are linked to these third-party apps will receive an in-app message explaining that the company has removed the fake activity on their account and requesting that they change their password.

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People who use other services linked to Instagram share their username and password allowing the third-party app to use their profile to provide fake likes, comments, and follows to other users and making their account less secure.

Once your password is changed the third-party app will no longer have access to your profile.

Instagram says these third-party apps interfere with the real experiences that people expect to receive while using the app.

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“Everyday people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions. It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity,” the company wrote in a press release.